Best laptop for graphic design in 2021

Lenovo ThinkPad P15s

Lightweight entry-level system with Linux option


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The 15.6-inch ThinkPad P15s isn’t the most powerful of Lenovo’s P-Series mobile workstations, but it’s an attractive entry-level model that combines a lightweight, 1.75kg design with strong performance and competitive pricing.

In the US, a preconfigured ThinkPad P15s with a 10th-generation Core i5-10210U processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, Nvidia Quadro P520 graphics, and an FHD (1920 x 1080, 141.2ppi) display costs $1,169 (after discount, from $2,009). ‘Build Your Own’ options go up to a Core i7-10610U (+$510), 32GB of RAM (+$620) and a 4K (3840 x 2160, 282.4ppi) screen (+$445). There’s also a ‘Build with Linux’ (Ubuntu 20.04) model, starting at $1,014.42 (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Quadro P520, FHD screen).

On Lenovo’s UK website, prices start at £1,289.99 (inc. VAT) for a Core i7-10510U model with 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, Quadro P520 graphics and an FHD screen. There are three customisable configurations, based on Core i5 (10210U, 10310U) and Core i7 (10510U) processors, all with 4K screens and Quadro P520 graphics.

The 4K display handles 100% of the Adobe RGB gamut, but there’s no support for the DCI-P3 standard widely used in video editing, which suggests that the ThinkPad P15s is primarily aimed at 2D graphics and design use cases. However, there are other models in the ThinkPad P-Series that provide Xeon processors and more powerful GPU options for 3D design and video editing work.


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